Dogs can be one of the oddest creatures. They often leave us scratching their heads, confused about their behavior. Our team explains the reasons behind some of your pup’s strangest behaviors. 

#1: Your dog moves their food when they eat

If your dog moves their mouthful of kibble to a different location, they’re likely guarding their valuable resource rather than thinking their meal tastes better in the living room.

#2: Your dog scoots along the carpet

Many people believe dogs drag their rear ends along the carpet because of intestinal parasites or fleas. While that may be possible, a scooting dog is much more likely to have anal gland issues. These two fluid-filled glands live right inside your pet’s anus and are naturally expressed during defecation. However, sometimes these glands can become inflamed, infected, or impacted, with uncomfortable pressure that causes your dog to scoot along the ground. 

#3: Your dog eats grass

Eating grass is likely an instinctual canine behavior, although some dogs simply like the taste. Since grass is high in fiber, dogs are thought to eat grass to purge foreign bodies and parasites from their systems.

#4: Your dog spins in circles

While puppies often entertain themselves by spinning in circles to try to catch their tail, most adult dogs spin in circles only for a few exciting seconds. However, constant spinning can mean your dog has an inner ear infection, or they are obsessively trying to catch their tail, which can be a deep-rooted behavior issue.

#5: Your dog rolls in foul odors

Rolling in the grass provides a good backscratch, but why does your dog always choose the stinkiest areas? If an insect or animal died in that spot, or there’s a high concentration of urine or musk, you can bet your furry pal wants to be covered in that scent. Theories include that dogs enjoy the foul odor or are trying to hide their smell.

If you’re puzzled by your dog’s behavior, contact us at Best Pets Veterinary Hospital to schedule an appointment!